A POIGNANT symbol will be placed at a churchyard to commemorate the 80th anniversary of D-Day.

This Thursday, Chickerell will join communities across the UK to mark the 80th anniversary of D-Day, the largest naval, air, and land operation in history.  

This significant milestone will be observed with a series of commemorative events aimed at honouring the bravery and sacrifice of those involved.

Mayor of Chickerell, Councillor John Dean, will host his first community event with a short Service of Remembrance and wreath laying ceremony at St Mary's Churchyard.  

The service, led by Rev Jo Haine, will begin at 11am.  

In recognition of this historic anniversary, Chickerell Town Council will donate and install a D-Day Commemorative Unknown Tommy Statue at the churchyard.  

This silhouette statue symbolises the valour and dedication of those who participated in the D-Day landings.

Following the service, attendees are invited to join for refreshments at Chickerell Sports Pavilion.  

The gathering offers an opportunity for community members to come together, reflect on the past, and honour the memories of those who served.

To ensure adequate preparations, those wishing to attend are encouraged to register via the Town Council's website or by calling 01305 767458.

The commemorative events are part of a broader programme organised to mark this momentous day.  

The day’s activities also include a small exhibition and the lighting of the Lamp Light of Peace.

Cllr Andrew Reid, Deputy Mayor of Chickerell said: "We are really looking forward to commemorating D-Day.

"As a veteran myself, I am keen to see the soldier in the churchyard.

"Chickerell was heavily involved in D-Day, Chickerell Camp was full of American soldiers.

"We are very excited, it means a lot to a lot of people in Chickerell, especially those who were alive when the Americans were here."

The events aim to educate and remind the community of the historical significance of D-Day and the enduring legacy of those who fought.

For more information and to register for the event, visit the Chickerell Town Council’s website.